Wednesday, October 26, 2016

There are so many reasons to visit Four Seasons: Afternoon tea at the only Upper Peninsula tea room!

With Andi Schuldt, owner of Four Seasons Tea Room

Delicious and varied tea fare, charming  interior, perfectly brewed tea and an onsite harpist are just some of the reasons to come to Four Seasons, the lovely tea room in Houghton, Michigan.

It's also a great place to celebrate, whether it be a birthday, a get-together with old friends or donning fancy hats to get in the spirit of afternoon tea. In fact, at our visit last weekend, we witnessed a birthday celebration, a friend reunion and, oh, the hat donning - that  was us.

The tea room has a ready supply of hats that customers can wear for tea time.

And, it's not just for the ladies. The gents got into the fun as well.

Even the gentlemen can partake in the chapeau fun!

Our first visit to Four Seasons tea room was over six  year ago. We were so impressed with the food and service, we had to include it in our  Michigan Tea Rooms book. 

Three-tiered tray filled with scrumptious goodies!

At our most recent visit, I came once again with my husband, Chris, but this time we brought my brother, Ed, and sister-in-law, Sandy. We all ordered the full afternoon tea and were treated to delicious scones served with lemon curd and clotted cream. All the tea sandwiches were scrumptious, but our favorite was the artichoke with cheese - something unexpected and very tasty. And, the miniature pastries, which included a brownie cupcake and a variety of cookies, were sinfully good!

Delicious tea, brewed just right.

Of course, the essential ingredient - tea - is fabulous. There's an extensive list to choose from and from our sample, all were excellent. 

Extensive list of tea choices. 

The Four Seasons has been in business for twelve years. Andi Schuldt started the Upper Peninsula's only tea room with her mother, LaVerne Witto. Taking their passion for baking, collecting and hospitality - and inspired by teas they hosted for their church - the mother and daughter team pursued the dream of opening up their own business. Living downstate, the pair decided the tea room location would be the Keweenaw Peninsula  - special to Andi who spent summers there with her grandparents. Andi and LaVerne found the perfect venue in a former apothecary store where original cabinets now display teas and other tea-related gift items.

Michigan Tea Rooms is sold here!

The Four Season's gift shop also features the  Michigan Tea Rooms book!

Harpist plays soothing tunes in the front of the tea room.

Although LaVerne is semi-retired at age 87, she still plays an active role at the tea room. Andi manages the tea room and her attention to detail is evident in every aspect of Four Seasons. This mom and daughter duo created a special place in the Keweenaw Peninsula for a wide range of guests, from college students celebrating a birthday to a group of baby boomers wearing hats.

Four Seasons Tea Room is the upper peninsula place for tea. Any time of year, for any occasion, there's always a reason to go to Four Seasons.

So many reasons to come to Four Seasons. It's tea time!

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